Hot Press' Scores

  • Music
For 497 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Harps And Angels
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Dysfunktional
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 497
497 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a surprise move, Alex Turner goes back to 1966
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beautiful skeleton of a shoe-gazing album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nutty Boys regain former glories in full.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Maybe I've become too familiar with what they’re trying to achieve--but right now there’s nothing here to make me instantly love this record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sublime companion to kiddies’ book adaption from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Think a more ragged Belle & Sebastian, and you’re not far off.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mesmerising, love-lorn, tear-soaked magical mystery-Jet tour.
    • Hot Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Go
    Sigur Ros frontman goes it alone to exhilarating effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A&E isn’t a reinvention for Spiritualized, but while that might be a disappointment for some, the comforting embrace of familiarity shouldn’t be underrated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grand old dame delivers stunning Hal Willner-produced extravaganza.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heartbroken or not, she’s conceived her finest work in years with Watershed--an album that rewards with every soothing listen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quality electro from Canadian groove mechanics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    III
    Third time's still a charm with Philadelphian prog-folk contingent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcome to the (haunted) house of fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a little long at 17 tracks, and hard to take in one sitting, but these songs present Americana in such an oddly compelling way that it’s almost impossible to ignore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Chao is at best when merging his Latin/salsa influences with squealing, screeching garage-rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thrilling indie jinks from Arcade Fire wannabes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scots veterans turn up the orchestra knob and rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike his recent output, there’s no overarching preoccupation here, there is only a bunch of good tunes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surprisingly laidback new dispatch from uptight country rockers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghostly pop transmissions from buzzy Brooklynites.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strangely moving robo-pop from hyped duo.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dazzling sophomore effort from New York singer-songwriter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zany jinks anew from Hip-hop’s Awkward Squad.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record to cool the blood and quicken the pulse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs like ‘Sentimental Heart’, a concerto for piano, strings and Pet Sounds haberdashery, suggest this pair are as natural a songwriting team as Karen and Richard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oracular Spectacular is an arresting introduction to the illogical world of MGMT, and is the kind of album that’s a guilty pleasure without the guilt.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album as vital and as edgy as anything they’ve ever done.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dance-punk act up the ante and make play for music's top table.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even listeners previously resistant to The Kills' studied cool may have to concede that Midnight Boom is a record of considerable energy and excitement.